Your Date Night Guide to 8 Columbus Neighborhoods
Need a fresh idea for a night out in Columbus? We’ve got a a date-night plan for each of these 8 great Columbus districts!
GERMAN VILLAGE – Start your night in German Village, Columbus’ premiere historic neighborhood, with cocktails at Curio. This speakeasy-style bar offers some of the most creative drinks in the city. Stroll down the brick streets to Lindey’s (grab a table on the patio) for a classic dinner, and then browse the 32 rooms of the Book Loft – open daily until 11 p.m.
SHORT NORTH ARTS DISTRICT – Art is everywhere in the Short North – from the wallscape murals and art galleries to on the plate at dozens of restaurants. Begin your night with a peek at the impressive artwork inside the Pizzuti Collection, then grab a Moscow mule and a plate of oysters at The Pearl. Choose dinner at the restaurant that started the development boom in this neighborhood, Rigsby’s Kitchen, and then cap off the evening with a scoop or two of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
4th STREET – Columbus’s newest district, on the south end of downtown also might be it’s most eclectic, with gourmet hot dogs, old school video games and killer margaritas all residing within a half block of each other. Soak in the swanky 50s vibe and a dirty martini at Little Palace, then head one door down for a plate of delicious tacos at El Camino. Wrap up your night playing classic arcade games like Ms. Pacman at 16 Bit Bar.
ARENA DISTRICT - Depending on the time of year, you’ll find yourself in the Arena District for a concert at the LC Pavilion, a baseball game at Huntington Park or a hockey match at Nationwide Arena. Grab a beer at R Bar (the official Blue Jackets hangout) get dinner at the Three-Legged Mare, then walk a block north to Park Street for a night of dancing.
FRANKLINTON – This district may be up-and-coming from a nightlife perspective but it’s actually the birthplace of Columbus, more than 200 years ago. Start your day with the revolving food truck offerings at Dinin’ Hall, then check out the indie art scene at 400 W. Rich Street. Cap your night with dinner and drinks at brand-new hotspot Strongwater Food & Spirits.
GAY STREET – Located on a street at the north end of downtown, Gay Street has seen a boom in cool local businesses over the past half-decade. Get a decadent Café Cubano from Brioso, then shop a unique blend of local stores, including Zeroz, where minimalist wallets are made on-site and Robert Mason, the coolest office supply store you’ll ever see. Have a memorable Italian feast at Due Amici. If you’re lucky enough to be here on the second Saturday of the month, Moonlight Market is a must-see. Dozens of local artisans sell unique products until 11 p.m.
BREWERY DISTRICT – The home of Columbus’ pre-Prohibition beer industry, this neighborhood remains a great spot to grab a pint. Columbus Brewing Company is known for its IPAs. Next, catch a show at Shadowbox Live, America’s largest resident theater company. Then stroll over to High Street for a great dinner and live jazz at T Murray’s, and finish your night off with darts or pool at High Beck Tavern.
EASTON TOWN CENTER – Ohio’s largest shopping center is also one of the Midwest’s best. Have a day-date at Easton, starting with breakfast at local favorite Northstar Café (you NEED to try the cloud-nine pancakes.) Then shop national brands with local connections, like Victoria’s Secret, The Limited and Abercrombie & Fitch, before sitting down to drinks at Cooper’s Hawk Winery. As the sun sets, grab a table at Mitchell’s Ocean Club for a spectacular dinner.
What’s your ideal date night in Columbus?